Deu 8, 2-3. 14-16; 1 Cor 10, 16-17; John 6, 51-58
Dear sisters and brothers, ‘Jesus, the Bread of Life.’ Jesus gives his whole self to us and invites us to a deep union with him. We often imagine God up in the clouds in heaven looking down at us, may be distant, maybe disconnected. The Eucharist shows us that God is involved in the messiness of human life, present to us in Jesus’ body and blood. Bread is nourishing, bread is for life, bread is food for the journey. Jesus is all of these things for us. His blood is a reminder of his death, of the brokenness of this world, of the struggles of people’s lives. Christ invites people to connect their own sufferings with his.
Jesus, present with us in all of life, invites us into a deep union with himself. Flesh and blood means the whole person; ‘the living bread’ invites us to an even deeper intimacy. It can be a difficult passage to understand, but perhaps today you might reflect on times you felt sustained by God, strengthened by God through joyful times and sorrowful times.
You might also reflect on who has been Jesus for you?
Where have you seen Christ in this world, in flesh and blood?
Holy Trinity Parish Vision
We are a prayerful and diverse Catholic community in the Eastern suburbs of Wellington,
drawing strength from one another to grow and become fully alive as missionary disciples.
Archdiocese of Wellington 2017 Priest Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving
This will be held at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 11am.
All are welcome to join the priests of the Archdiocese at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES
Fr Brian Wysocki SM - 60 years
Fr Donald Morrison - 60 years
Fr Joseph O’Sullivan - 60 years
Fr James Lyons - 50 years
Fr John Mori SM - 50 years
Fr Peter Ewart SM - 50 years
Fr Rodney Smyth SM - 50 years
Fr Terence Carr - 50 years
Fr Gregory Lakra OFM(Cap) - 25 years
Fr Joseph Grayland - 25 years
Please note: This will be the only Mass in the Parish on this day.
A reminder to all groups, individuals and families within the Parish, the closing date for responses to the Synod is the 30th June. At the back of the newsletter is all the information on how you can make your submissions.
Evening Prayer, Adoration and Prayer for vocations every Wed 6-7pm at St.Patrick's Church.
Please pray for our children as start their preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Confirmation this year will be at St Patrick’s Church 10am on the 6th August.
The next practice for the Children’s Choir at St Patrick’s Church will be after 10am Mass on the 25th June.
Refugee Help Wanted, please Our next intake of former refugee families to Wellington is coming in June and once again we are asking for your help to make it possible to welcome them to a fully equipped home - certainly not something they will have had for a very long time. This time our Parish will be responsible for a family of 5 (4 adults and 1 teenage girl). There are two main ways you may be able to help: We need the following items (enough for 5 people) left in the labelled boxes in your Church foyer please: cutlery; cooking utensils;stock pot; electric blender/beater; large serving spoon; kitchen rubbish bin; small rubbish bin for bathroom; iron; washing basket and pegs; single and double sheets; single and double duvet covers and inners; pillow cases; new pillows; blankets, single mattress protector; towels; handtowels; face coths; bathmats; tea towels; table cloth; dust pan and brush; and broom. We have already collected many other items, so the list is not so long this time!
Any over-supply of items will simply be stored until the next time, so please be assured that any contribution you make will get to the refugees. Cash donations are also always welcome to cover any shortfall in items collected and can be left in any regular collection in an envelope labelled "refugees". All money goes directly to buying needed items now or for future in-takes. If you are able to help setup a House on 22 June in the evening, around 6pm, please contact Annette Bridgman on 3889704 or firstname.lastname@example.org (please note you'd also need to be available on the 20th June evening for 1 hour of training if you haven't done this before). Thank you so much for your on-going commitment to making our former refugees welcome in Aotearoa NZ
The Order of Malta is a Catholic charity raising funds to supply ‘Coats for the Homeless’ in Wellington. We ran a successful appeal in 2012. The coats will be distributed by the Compassion Centre in Tory Street.
The coats can also double as a small blanket and cost $60 each. All donations are tax deductible. Flyers are in the church foyer or contact email@example.com or phone 021 325 884.
econference Coming Soon Gospel leadership in times of chaos: the hope of Pope Francis
Join a challenging eConference streamed live free over the internet. Group participation will be facilitated by the Parish Leadership Ministry team and The Catholic Institute, Wellington. Thursday 10 August 12 noon - 4.30pm (NZ time) at the Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill St, Thorndon, Wellington. To register attendance please email Ann Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/short-courses/eConference-2017
British Irish Lions 2017 Tour – Wellington match on Tuesday, 27 June 2017– car parking available
The Sacred Heart Cathedral school grounds on Guilford Tce will be available for parking for the first British Lions match in Wellington on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Parking will be $15 for the night. Sales at the gate from 5pm. For further information contact Friends and Parents of Sacred Heart Chair, Amanda Gregan on 027 9399 575. (Please note there will be no parking available for their second match on 1 July 2017)
Christian Meditation A day of reflection will be held in the Home of Compassion, Island Bay on Saturday 24th June from 10 am to 3 pm Please bring lunch and a donation to defray expenses. Tea and coffee provided. All welcome Enquiries to Sister Sue Cosgrove e-mail : email@example.com
The Sisters of Compassion and the Catholic Parish of Wellington South invite you to celebrate the 182nd anniversary of Suzanne Aubert's birth 6pm, Monday 19 June 2017 St Anne's Church, Newtown Hospitality to follow in St Anne's Hall COMMEMORATIVE BIRTHDAY MASS For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (04) 282 1953 Come and join us for this special celebration
INTERCESSORY CONFERENCE – ‘Intercessors Arise” Starting Friday 30th June ending Sunday 2nd July 2017 at St Joseph Catholic Church, Mt Victoria. Conference will comprise of workshops, teaching on intercession and equipping and encouraging those who have a heart for intercessory prayer (Whether rosary of other forms of prayer). Opportunity to meet with other Catholic intercessors from around the country. To register contact Francenne email Francenne.Smith@gmail.com or phone 04 238 2966 (Cost $40.00 pp).
Do not tire of courageously living the Gospel, which calls you to recognize and welcome the Lord Jesus among the smallest and most vulnerable. Pope Francis, Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2017
Red Cross World Refugee Day event: Saturday 24 June, 11.30am-4.00pm, Mungavin Hall, Porirua
All Welcome for a day of celebration including food and cultural performances The Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington works in partnership with the Red Cross and the Anglican Diocese of Wellington to prepare homes for former refugees settling in the Wellington area.
Become a Seasons for Growth Volunteer with Catholic Social Services What is Seasons for Growth? Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change and loss are part of life and grief is a normal response to these losses. The Seasons for Growth Children and Young People’s Program runs over 8 weeks with groups of 4-7 children. It aims to:
What skills are required? The ability to work confidently and effectively with groups of 4-7 children,
the ability to listen deeply and effectively and be able to affirm others and respect differences of culture, belief and lifestyle
What support will I get? You will be funded to attend a training workshop on the 29th and 30th of June 2017 Another trained volunteer or staff member from Catholic Social Services will run the courses with you. You will receive ongoing support from Catholic Social Services
How can I apply? Email or call Lesley Hooper at Catholic Social Services.
email@example.com or phone 04 385 8642
If any of your details have changed, could you please contact the parish office 388 6953
or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update our Parish records.
Holy Cross Seminary www.holycross.org.nz
Copies of the Synod Participation Booklet have been sent to parishes. It is not possible to provide everyone with a copy, so it is also available on the Archdiocese’s website www.wn.catholic.org.nz (see Synod ’17 section on the homepage).
Before you decide upon your response read the section “Using this Document” in the Booklet. You can provide input on all the topics, a few of them or just one of them. Responses can be made by individuals or by groups. The topics in the Booklet are:
Go you are sent…to find leaders
Go you are sent…to the peripheries of society
Go you are sent…to deepen our bicultural relationship
Go you are sent…as members of the one Body of Christ (ethnic diversity)
Go you are sent…to your own peripheries (those who may feel unwelcome in the Church)
Go you are sent…to refugees and migrants
Go you are sent…to care for creation
Go you are sent…to fellow Christians
Go you are sent…to accompany one another (young people)
Go you are sent…to support marriage and families.
Responses can be submitted by individuals and groups in various ways:
Email: download the Word document “Synod participation response” on the website of the Archdiocese of Wellington. The link to the file is on the website’s homepage under the Synod ’17 heading. Put in your response and email to email@example.com.
Online: follow the link on the Archdiocese of Wellington website homepage (under Synod ’17) to the questions online.
Postal response: handwrite or type your response into the document “Synod participation response”, from the Archdiocese’s website (see Email above) or it can be posted to you if you ring Anne Dickinson 04 496 1793. Post your response to Anne Dickinson, Archdiocese of Wellington, P O Box 1937, WELLINGTON 6140
Verbal response: if there are reasons why you find it difficult to make a written response you are welcome to ring Anne Dickinson 04 496 1793 to see if it is possible to provide a verbal response.
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